Join Tricia Woods for an in-depth discussion in this video The 6th chord, part of Beginning Blues Keyboard.
- Some blues tunes take cycle of fifths harmony…one step further…by adding a sixth chord in bar eight.…This will lead really nicely to the two chord in bar nine.…The sixth chord in the key of G is E minor,…but we're going to play it as a dominant chord…because we like the sound of dominant chords in the blues.…Let's find the voicing of E7 to lead us to A minor.…We had an E as the top note of our A minor chord,…(plays chord)…So let's have E as the top note of our E7 chord as well.…
(plays chord)…That's E7 and first inversion.…G-sharp, B, D, E. (plays notes)…Now starting from bar seven,…we have G7 (plays chord)…E7 (plays chord)…A minor (plays chord)…D7 (plays chord)…G7 (plays chord)…Let's hear how this sounds with the bass.…One, two, three, four.…
(plays music)…Okay, now that we have all this fancy harmony,…what can we play over it?…Well the good news is that you can still use your friend,…the G blues sale.…One, two, three, four.…
Note: This course was created and produced by Alfred Music. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Labeling the chord and triads
- Triad inversions
- The blues scale and the major pentatonic scale
- Playing off the dominant chord and dominant bass line
- Dominant chord inversions
- Playing off the triad
- Blues fills
- Endings and introductions
- Boogie-woogie bass lines
- Cycle of 5ths and the 6th chord
Skill Level Beginner
1. Blues Harmony
2. Blues Melodies
3. Dominant Chords
5. Turnarounds, Endings, and Introductions
Boogie-woogie bass lines4m 12s
7. Advanced Harmony: Slow Blues
Next steps1m 40s
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